Mini Album featuring Market Street

August 7th, 2014

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Clique Kits contacted me about a month ago and told me that their new August 2014 kit was going to feature the Market Street Collection that I designed for My Mind’s Eye, and that they wanted to do a spotlight of me (I’ll link to that when its live). They were also gracious enough to send me a kit of my own to play with. What a great excuse to get some crafting done!

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This kit is just full of gorgeousness. I love all of the “raw” items that they paired with my papers and embellishements. The burlap letters, cork shapes, wood textures, gold doilies etc. are just the perfect addition to my Market Street line. I especially love the mini flair, the wood hearts with gold pain, and the burlap bows!theprojectgirl-travel-mini-album-detail

I knew I wanted to create a mini scrapbook (it will look perfect sitting on my office shelves), and it was the perfect opportunity to pull out my photos of the trip I took to london in June of this year. theprojectgirl-travel-mini-album-detail2

Here’s the full album:

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Getting The Most Out of Your Digital Scrapbooking Kits

August 4th, 2014

Hi everyone!  It’s Katherine (or Kat) here and today I wanted to talk to you about getting the most out of your digital scrapbooking kits. Let’s see a show of hands. How many of you browse digital stores and galleries and think, “Oh, there’s a cute kit,” or “Wow, I must have that!” only to realize that maybe there’s things in the kit that, well, just don’t work for you. You then wonder if the dollars you’ll investment in the kit are worth it if you’re only going to buy it for just a few items. You’ve been there, haven’t you? Come on, fess up. How many times have you purchased a kit because there’s one or two things that you totally love, but that’s all? Well, I’m here to tell you a little secret: Psst (you listening?), you can change digital elements, if you want to. *gasp!*

I have a great deal of respect for digital designers. I’ve been lucky to meet quite a few in person and have even had the opportunity to watch them work – amazing. I’ve seen Jen (yes, Jen Allyson!) work magic with a laptop touch pad and keyboard shortcuts. Now, that said, I’ve been known to change design elements or papers a bit when what I have doesn’t quite fit with what I need. We’ve all done that, right? Recolored an element, blended papers, added filters, or run actions. What I’m going to show you today is actually breaking down an element, or deconstructing it, and creating something new. Now, before I go too much further, there’s something really important that you need to remember: If you change any piece of a digital scrapbook kit, it is scrapbooking etiquette to indicate in your layout or project credits that you modified something from the original kit. For example, you could include the words modified, or some elements recolored in your credits when posting in online galleries, blogs, or on social media platforms.

One of the newer releases from Jen Allyson Digital is these watercolor days of the week and numbers:

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By themselves, these are great; a bunch of hand-drawn (or painted) days and numbers. My immediate thought was, “Oooh, these would be perfect for Project Life pages!” … but I’m not doing Project Life this year. Okay, so I could still use them on all kinds of things. Then I had one of those ah-ha moments and thought, “Hey Kat, how about you change things around a bit?” — and so I did. Although there isn’t a full alphabet represented in the letters, there was just enough to create the perfect title on a layout I was working on. I needed “Then” and “Now”. Here’s how my page turned out. I’ve included a close-up of the word “Now”, so you can see the detail:

 

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Credits: Watercolor Creations (modified) and Cork Elements – Jen Allyson Digital Designs;
Travel Adventures and Back to Basics - Digital Scrapbook Ingredients; My Tribe - Gennifer Bursett

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So, the big question is – how the heck did I do that?!  It’s actually easier than you might think.

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Market Street for My Mind’s Eye

April 1st, 2014

I had so much fun a few months ago (amid lots of house craziness, of course) designing a new paper line for My Mind’s Eye. I got to see the actual product last week for the first time, and I was just completely floored at how beautiful everything turned out.

Of course I had to wait until MME released the line, and today they did on their blog. So check out the My Mind’s Eye blog for lots of images (including the papers, which I don’t have yet), and they also are doing a big GIVEAWAY. So go over there for your chance to win!

I was able to grab some product when I was at the warehouse last week, and so I snapped some pictures for your viewing pleasure. My favorite part, of course is how the pressed gold foil looks!

Let’s start with the 8×10 art prints (with foil!). My super favorite part of the line. I am so hanging these up in my office and around the house.

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Whats cuter than mustaches on dictionary paper?mustache-art-mymindseye

Of course, one can never have too much washi tape! My favorite is the black/gold stripe.
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These little gold foil button sets are just to die for! I love the gold edging on the backer card too.
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And the big chipboard sheets… so stinking cute! The camera, cursive words, and globe. Love it all.

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